Friday, September 01, 2006

Sept. 1, 1939

Another NYC reference in today's "Writer's Almanac," this time from W.H. Auden and his poem upon the beginning of WWII: "I sit in one of the dives / On Fifty-Second Street / Uncertain and afraid / As the clever hopes expire / Of a low dishonest decade: / Waves of anger and fear / Circulate over the bright / And darkened lands of the earth, / Obsessing our private lives; / The unmentionable odour of death / Offends the September night." This poem was apparently spoken about a lot after 9/11 as well: You've got the September date, New York as a setting, the end of a certain era, the way the news invaded "our private lives," etc.

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